Imelda Almqvist is a shamanic painter, teacher, practitioner and author who divides her time between London, UK and Södermanland, Sweden. Her paintings can be found in collections all over the world. She is the author of NATURAL BORN SHAMANS, A Spiritual Toolkit for Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages).
Imelda’s sacred art courses take place in the fertile space where art meets shamanism. They have a strong Mystery School aspect: the focus is on engaging in fresh and innovative ways with ancient material and wisdom traditions to create powerful art work and ceremonies.
Imelda pioneered a shamanic program for young people called The Time Travellers. This offers safe sacred group space for children and teenagers to develop a viable spiritual toolkit. LA-based film maker Hannah Beadman made a beautiful film in 2014 about The Time Travellers using guidance from spirit allies to resolve bullying. Imelda was interviewed by Sandra Ingerman about her shamanic work with young people as part of her Shamanic Journeying for Guidance and Healing course on The Shift Network.
Imelda is also passionate about teaching Norse Shamanism and Seidr. She is in the process of starting a school in Sweden called TRUE NORTH, situated in pristine forest land by the Baltic Sea. There are many standing stones, grave mounds, rune stones and other ancient sites in the immediate surroundings!
Imelda was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network in July 2016. She will be a presenter for Year of Ceremony 2017 with Sounds True in Colorado. Her 2 year sacred art practitioner training (SAP Rising!) is now running in the USA (near Philadelphia) in 2017 - 2018.
Imelda has three teenage sons. She loves travelling, learning foreign languages and playing the cello. The most extreme thing she has ever done is assisting with eye surgery in a field hospital in Bangladesh! One of the most life-changing things she has ever done is teaching art and design to slum children and teenagers in Lima, Peru. Imelda loves making short films that combine art, dreams, myths and music.